Rae Adler, Founder of AquaStars Swim & Training Academy

Our Story

AquaStars Swim & Training Academy is a privately owned, family-run swim school that was established in 2016 at Ladybridge High School in Bolton. Starting with just 20 members and providing 1.5 hours of instruction every Saturday, our programme quickly expanded to include additional hours. Presently, AquaStars offers swimming lessons in Bolton not only on Saturday mornings but also on Tuesday and Wednesday evenings, reflecting the growing demand for our services.

Our lessons are open to children from as young as 3 years old, and we pride ourselves on maintaining small class sizes to ensure individual attention and effective learning. For beginners up to stage 3, our swimming instructors take a hands-on approach by being in the water, providing support and guidance. This commitment to personalised and water-based coaching contributes to the development of essential swimming skills in a safe and enjoyable environment.

What We Do Best

At AquaStars, we nurture confidence one stroke at a time. We're more than just a swim school; we're a community of aquatic enthusiasts dedicated to empowering individuals of all ages and abilities. Our mission is clear: to instil confidence, build skills, and foster a lifelong love for swimming.

Expert Instructors, Great Results

Our certified instructors are more than coaches; they're mentors, motivators, and masters of their craft. With a deep passion for swimming and a commitment to safety, they guide each student through every stroke, turn, and dive with precision and encouragement.

Beyond the Pool: Life Skills and Lasting Memories

Swimming with us goes beyond the basics. It's an opportunity to cultivate essential life skills like discipline, teamwork, and perseverance. Our students not only leave with the ability to swim but also with a treasure trove of memories and lessons that will last a lifetime.

Competitions, Events, and Celebrations

For those with a competitive spirit, AquaStars offers opportunities to participate in a range of events and competitions. Whether you're aiming for personal bests or eyeing the winner's podium, our team is here to support your goals.

Rae Adler, Founder of AquaStars Swim & Training Academy


I grew up in a family of swimmers and can’t even remember learning how to swim! At the age of 15 I became a national breaststroker and also swam at the England college’s representing Pendleton College. Once I started working, I gained my NPLQ (Lifeguard) and Level 1 & 2 swimming teaching qualifications which lead me on to work for a variety of companies and council run organisations allowing me to gain experience in both the private and public sectors. In 2016 I was part way through university completing my Paediatric Nursing degree and, with the help of Julie (our lead teacher) I decided to open my own swim school…AquaStars! I love teaching children how to swim. Seeing them progress each week from being beginners in armbands, to finally being able to swim independently learning the skills and techniques that allow them to become confident, competent swimmers and most importantly be safe in the water is so rewarding.

  • Ex-National Breaststroke swimmer – trained at City of Salford Squad and Worsley swimming club
  • Level 1 & 2 Swimming teacher
  • Level 2 Safeguarding trained
  • First Aid trained
  • Also fully qualified as a paediatric A&E nurse

Julie, Lead Teacher AquaStars Swim & Training Academy


I first started teaching swimming at the age of 17. I gained Teaching qualifications in Swimming Teaching, Life-saving, Synchronised Swimming, Disability and Parent & Child swimming. During my career I have taught my 5 children to swim. 3 have since swam nationally/internationally and my youngest currently swims at national level in Synchronised Swimming. Personally I enjoy Open Water Swimming, which I have medalled at North-West county level. My belief is passion for swimming passes to the children/adults I teach and encourages their skills and confidence. Also, I believe if pupils enjoy their lesson they will continue to swim throughout life whether it be holiday, speed swimming, water polo or synchro, whilst providing a life-saving skill and promoting good health.

  • Level 1 & 2 Qualified Swimming Teacher
  • Qualified Parent & Child Swimming Teacher
  • Level 1 Synchronised Swimming Teacher
  • Disability Awareness Trained
  • Level 2 Safeguarding Trained
  • Qualified Level 3 School Teaching Assistant

Ready to take the plunge with AquaStars? Join us on this exciting journey of aquatic excellence. Enroll today, and let's make waves together!

Book Now
2023 Aquastars Swim Academy. All Rights Reserved.